Yippy Executive Team

"There are major differences between Big Data and Smart Data.  Yippy’s clustering engine and robust feature set are essential drivers for mining data for natural language processing.
Richard Granville, CEO, Yippy, Inc. 

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Richard Granville  Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Granville has over 25 years of new technology development, sales, marketing and executive management experience.  Granville possesses real world knowledge, a senior executive acumen and the drive to execute objectives effectively.  From early 2009 to present, Mr. Granville has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yippy, Inc. From November 2006 to September 2008, Mr. Granville served as Chief Executive Officer of Jack9 Entertainment, Inc ("Jack9"). Jack9 was one of the most successful IPTV units online and under Mr. Granville's direction, achieved a top 250 web property. From March 2003 to October 2006, Mr. Granville served as President of Southpaw, Inc., a Florida building contractor that served central Florida for residential and light commercial construction. From June 2001 to March 2003, Mr. Granville served as President of Granville Management Services, where he helped small emerging businesses in the "green" technologies sector.  Mr. Granville invested time and capital into green home technology and automation, alternative energy research and grid management in the United States, Dominican Republic, Canada and Mexico. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Granville also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grace Development, Inc., a public telecommunications company serving customers in the southeast. Mr. Granville took the company to nearly a billion-dollar market cap before he was succeeded by Ben Holcomb the former President of Bell South International in Feb. 2000 and selling his majority position to David Einhorn from Greenlight Capital. Prior to Grace Development, Mr. Granville held multiple executive and senior management positions for Fortune 500 companies and served honorably in the United States Navy receiving 2 meritorious promotions while serving his country from 1990 - 1994. 

College: Kennesaw State University

Veteran: United States Navy

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John Macartney      President

Mr. Macartney is a respected technology executive with over 30 years of industry experience.  He previously served as the Chief Scientist for the web research business unit of Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of educational content, technology and services for higher education, K-12, professional and library markets worldwide.  Prior to Cengage, Mr. Macartney held various positions including Director of Technology, Chief Architect and Chief Scientist at Highbeam Research, Inc., and was responsible for various key design components of the technology platform which lead to the sale of Highbeam Research to Cengage Learning in 2008. Between 1985 and 1999, Mr. Macartney held senior engineering positions for IBM/Lotus and Unisys, were he designed e-mail integration applications and complex distribution systems. 

College: La Salle University with a B.A. in Computer Science.

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Mike Pointer  Chief Scientist

Mr. Pointer has over 20 years of experience in the Enterprise Software space and sixteen years of management experience in enterprise consulting, technical support, and technical sales.  Pointer’s background includes twenty years of enterprise search, knowledge management, and integration work in both startups and for the Fortune 500.  Pointer has a proven track record of delivering high customer satisfaction ratings, complex implementation and enterprise application integrations, and deep troubleshooting across a range of industries.  Before joining Yippy, Pointer served as a Sr. Watson Solution Architect and Worldwide Technical Support Manager for Watson Explorer for IBM since 2012, and as Vivisimo’s Senior Director of Customer Support for six years prior to the IBM acquisition of Vivisimo.  At Vivisimo, Mike was responsible for founding the first Vivisimo Velocity training program and reported directly to Vivisimo’s co-founder and eventual IBM Distinguished Engineer and VP, Jerome Pesenti.

College: University of Pittsburgh MS Physics and Ohio University Honors College BS Physics

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Lee Wilson  Chief Technology Officer

After almost a decade in the United States Army in technology/cryptology, Wilson began his professional career in 1996. Leveraging his military discipline, training and experience he took the reins as Director of Wireless Operations for Deltacom (formerly ITC^Deltacom) and then as Director as Worldwide Operations with ViaSat.  In 2003, looking for a larger challenge Lee moved into the gaming market as Senior Project Manager for Intralot, the world’s second largest Lottery vendor.  As a Director and manager Lee started and converted 13 US State Lotteries to Intralot systems . Highlights include: the fastest startup, the largest and smallest. In 2011 he spearheaded a team who designed and developed the first entrance into the interactive gaming space by a US Lottery.  Subsequently he dedicated his time and efforts bringing Interactive Gaming and Lottery to the worldwide market. In early 2014 after spending thirteen years in the $40b gaming industry he continued his career by forming a series of companies focusing on the Interactive Gaming and Lottery markets.  In July 2015, Wilson joined Yippy as a Senior advisor for the Globalstar partnership and went on to become the CTO of Yippy, Inc. shortly thereafter.

Veteran: United States Army

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John Routhier  Chief Sales/Strategy Officer

Routhier has over 15 years’ experience as a sales and marketing executive with a record of rapidly growing sales through the implementation of strategic marketing campaigns, development of corporate strategy and business alliances.  Prior to joining Yippy, Routhier served as the VP of Sales and Marketing for Crowe Paradis Services Corporation, which was purchased by Verisk Analytics (VRSK Fortune 500).   Recently Routhier has been consulting with Derby Management for companies such as Forerun Systems, Aviant Healthcare and Chase Corporation.  Routhier is also currently a mentor for startup incubators such as Techstars, MassChallenge and Tufts $100k Challenge. 

College: Tufts University (Captain of Football Team) and MIT Sloan School of Management

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